Schoolboy rugby star to grace Twickenham this weekend

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Schoolboy Charlie Fleming will grace the Twickenham turf this weekend to sing the National Anthem with soprano, Laura Wright.

On Sunday, Charlie, a 13-year-old pupil at Sir Herbert Leon Academy, will also reveal the school’s uniquely designed rugby shirt, ahead of the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales.

100 pupils in total will be representing their schools, each wearing a shirt created at a Canterbury Kit Design workshop as part of All Schools, England Rugby’s programme to help more secondary state schools play rugby.

As official partner, Canterbury, the official kit supplier to England Rugby, held workshops across the UK where they invited the 100 schools taking part in the programme to design a rugby shirt for their school team.

Charlie is one of the lucky students and he will be proudly wearing the unique rugby shirt he helped design on behalf of his school as he graces the pitch.

During the workshops the pupils got to learn about the core values of the game and the importance of the rugby shirt before putting their thoughts and designs to paper. The final designs were signed off by the school before Canterbury took them away to prepare the students’ artwork for production.

Canterbury will be providing each of the 100 schools with their bespoke shirts for their teams to play competitive rugby in, and March 9 is to be the official launch of the designs.

Charlie, who will be captaining the year 8 rugby team, was chosen to represent his school due to his progress in the sport and his involvement in the final shirt design.

The shirts will be revealed by the pupils in a display on the pitch as they perform alongside Laura Wright as she entertains the crowd ahead of the highly anticipated clash between the rival nations. The students will join Laura in singing the National Anthem in front of the 82,000 sell-out crowd and a mass TV audience before they head off to their seats to enjoy the match.

Chris Stephenson, CEO of Canterbury, said: “All Schools is an amazing programme which we are proud to support. This is our second year as Official Partner and it’s been wonderful to witness the impact the initiative is having on the schools involved. March 9 will be a truly unique day for the students involved, and one I imagine they will remember for a very long time.”